Ontario: Liberal ‘appointment’ offer to Andrew Olivier under scrutiny

In the wake of bribery allegations involving a former Liberal candidate in Sudbury, the provincial NDP wants Elections Ontario to seize Liberal hard drives.

The party is urging Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government to refrain from erasing any files.

The NDP is making the plea after Sudbury’s Andrew Olivier alleged he was offered an unspecified position if he endorsed another candidate in the upcoming by-election.

Olivier was planning to seek the Liberal nomination himself.

He claims Liberal fundraiser Gerry Lougheed was one of the people who made the suggestion — something Lougheed flatly denies…

h/t Marvin

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  • Exile1981

    The party is urging Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government to refrain from erasing any MORE files.

    There I fixed the typo in the original article.

  • Waffle

    Overkill. It’s all going in one ear and out the other. Eyes glaze over. Apathy reigns supreme. Democracy is dead.

    What is so ironic is that Sudbury, the heart of Northern Ontario mining would be the site of yet an0ther tragic demise.

    Among its many treasures, mining (copper, silver, gold, nickel) literally built this once-proud province, the economic engine of this country. But no more. Mining seems to be a dirty word these days. The destructive spat between the Premier and the Prime Minister has a lot to do withe who is going to build a pay for the much-needed infrastructure to NW Ontario’s Ring of Fire which contains scarce and valuable chromium deposits (if I’m wrong about this, I hope somebody will correct me).

    The mining operations that are still in business can no longer afford to refine and process their ore because of obscenely high electricity cots — those activities now get shipped to Quebec.

    • Clausewitz

      You nailed it dead on. Mining in Ontario is dead. The government hurdles and kick backs needed to the provincial liberals have pretty much halted all prospecting in Ontario. You make money in prospecting by selling your claim to a mining interest. The last substantial claim put into product was the Hemlo Gold find back in the 70’s.

      • Raymond Hietapakka

        …damn, I need about $350,000 for my open-pit…

      • Waffle

        I didn’t realize it goes back as far as Hemlo. I do, however have fond (SARC) memories of how Booby Rae put the kaybosh on mining ops in the early 90’s. I haven’t gone to the PDAC for the last couple of years — too depressing.

        • Clausewitz

          The Prospectors was the best party anywhere. These days it’s just a maudlin depression drunk.

          • Waffle

            Sadly, the best party people are no longer with us — another reason I no longer go.

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      …”scarce and valuable chromium”…not. Plus…er, minus, it’s way way out in the middle of a swamp, none of the companies have the jack to operate, and the friendly locals want some “sharing”…

      • Waffle

        What happened with Cliff Resources? I thought that chromium is an essential ingredient in stainless steel. But I guess with world-wide recession, nobody is making too much stainless these days. And swamps can be drained, can’t they?

        • Clausewitz

          We get our chromium these days from Russia and China. So much for “Strategic” resources.